FAQ

What equipment comes with a rental van?

For every rental, you will get:

  • A large flashlight
  • 2 collapsible chairs
  • A coffee maker and a kettle
  • A setting of 4 plates, bowls, cups glasses and cutlery
  • A set of cooking utensils (spoons, flippers, knives and cutting board)
  • A frying pan, 2 stainless steel pots and 2 mixing bowls
  • A collander/ strainer
  • Most important of all, a deluxe marshmallow/ weiner skewer for camp fire cooking.

I don’t understand your pricing. Can you explain?

Our pricing scheme is similar to how hotels, airlines and many other RV rental companies work. Basically, the earlier you book, the better your price. There are also high demand periods that have a price premium. Our busiest and most expensive period is from July to early September.

The lowest, off season rate that we offer is $140/day while the most expensive rate is $200/day. You will need to contact us at info@wickedwesties.com for an estimate.

Please note that for all weekly rentals, the 7th day is free. You pay for 6 days but you get 7. Also note that intrepid travelers seeking longer trips can benefit from our monthly rates where we offer another free day (for a total of 5!) for every 28 days rented.  This works out to an 18% discount off the total price.  Our current record is a 52 day rental… can you beat it?

When shopping around for prices, keep in mind that we are the only VW van rental company that offers an entire fleet of vans that have had their original VW engines replaced with upgraded and more modern Ford and Subaru units. This is a considerable benefit in terms of power, economy and reliability.

How much do extra kms cost?

You get 120 km (75 miles) included in each rental day.  Any extra kms cost $0.35 but you can buy the following packages:

  • 100 km pack – $32
  • 500 km pack – $145
  • 1000 km pack – $260
  • Unlimited kms – $25/day for each day of the rental

Will you rent to anyone?

We will rent to almost anyone. If you have a valid driver’s license and you are over the age of 21, you are good to go. Drivers under the age of 25 will be subject to a $35/day insurance surcharge.

What happens if the van breaks down?

Before you decide to rent one of our vans, you have to realize that they are all more than 25 years old. While we maintain our vans to the highest possible standards, sometimes things break unexpectedly. In the event of a (very rare!) mechanical failure, you can count on us to get it resolved as quickly as possible. First, we will try to help you over the phone…it is amazing how many issues get solved that way! Second, if we are able to get out to help you, we will do that. Lastly, if you need a tow, we will cover that. You will not be held responsible for any of the repair costs associated with the van except in the case where you have overheated the engine to the point where it has become damaged. We will reimburse you for every night that you are unable to sleep in the van but we do not cover hotel expenses, taxi fees, missed reservations, etc.

Can I take my dog/ cat/ mongoose/ parrot with me on my vacation?

Pets are great. We love them. You are more than welcome to bring your companion(s) with you on your vacation but you will need to arrange it with us ahead of time and agree to pay the $50 cleaning fee. We perform extra detailing on vans that have had pets in them because some folks aren’t as cool about pets as we are.

Can I drive a Wicked Westies van across Canada?

Absolutely! That would be a really, really wicked trip. There are some things to consider, however. Canada is a really, really big place. It will take you at least a day of hard travelling to get from Vancouver to the next province over (Alberta). It is 4,500 kms (~2,800 miles) from Vancouver to Toronto. According to Google maps, that is a 57 hour drive (but we did it in 48 hours one time). This is about the same as driving from Calais, France to Tehran. If you want to go coast to coast, plan on another 14 hours of driving… each way. If you do plan to take on this epic endeavour, do plan to take some time to stop along the way and also consider purchasing our unlimited mileage package at $25/day.

Can I drop my van off in Calgary/ Toronto/ Halifax/ Moose Jaw?

Unfortunately, no. The current Wicked Westies world empire extends to only one location on Burke Mountain in beautiful Coquitlam, BC. All pickups and drop offs must occur there.

I am coming from the airport. What is the best way to pick up a van?

There are a couple of options:

  • Take a cab fom the airport. It should cost about $100 each way and will take about 1 hour.
  • Take the Skytrain from the airport and get dropped off at the Douglas College station (on the Evergreen Line). We offer free pickup from the Douglas College station. Cost is about $6 each way and it will take about 1.5 hours. Please see the Translink trip planner for more information (http://tripplanning.translink.ca).

I heard that VW vans are terrible to drive and have no power. Is that true?

No! Are you trying to insult us or something?! Just kidding. The older air cooled VW vans were – to be fair– a bit velocity challenged. Water cooled VW vans are better but our Bostig powered vans have 40% more horsepower than stock and they will cruise all day long at 100-110km/hr (~60-65mph). The gearing on the vans means that they do not like to go much faster than that but we find that the Westy experience tends to make people want to slow down and take in the scenery anyway so there is little to be gained by trying to blast past everything. Besides, the speed limit on most Canadian highways is 100-110 km/hr and speeding tickets are expensive.

Do I have to take the Wicked Westies optional insurance?

All our vans come with a basic insurance package that has $2,500 deductible in the event of an at fault incident (fire/theft/collision).  What this means is that you are covered in the event of an accident but you will be responsible for the first $2,500 of damage should the accident be your fault.  Our optional insurance ($19/day), lowers your responsibility to a maximum $250.This package is entirely optional.

If you hail from somewhere other than the US or Canada, you may want to buy our insurance package since many insurance policies –whether through your personal auto insurance or through your credit card – do not cover international vehicle rentals of any kind. If you are from the US or Canada, you may be covered by your personal auto insurance or through your credit card but be sure to check your coverage since many credit cards do not cover RVs. Check with your insurance provider(s).

What kind of fuel consumption can I expect?

VW van uses about half as much fuel as a larger V8 powered RV. You can expect to go between 400 and 450 kms on a 65L tank of fuel. Not only will you save a considerable amount of money renting a smaller RV like ours but Mother Nature will give you a big high five for being so good to the environment!

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